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‘Traumatized’ Students Demand G.Washington Mural Be Covered – Will That Cost The HS $50? 7,500? Or $600,000?

The little snowflakes just couldn’t BEAR the sight of his image. And the school is obliging them — for a price.

Normally the phrase ‘get woke, go broke’ means something very different.

Normally that translates into indirect losses.

Political correctness craters ratings, for example (see: NFL) or drives customers away from a store (see: Dick’s Sporting Goods), this time, the cost of complying with the demands of the outrage mob cost shows up directly on an invoice.

It was a cool $600k (if they paint over it), $300k if they hide it behind a curtain, and $850k if they build paneling to hide it.

Lost in the irony is the fact that the original painting was actually made by a leftist of its own day, with views critical of American history and Washington specifically.

A high school in San Francisco is considering three options for censoring a mural of George Washington deemed problematic by the local activist community: putting up a curtain (price tag: $300,000), painting over it ($600,000), or hiding it behind panels ($875,000).

No doubt San Francisco United School District could hire quite a few teachers in lieu of executing even the cheapest of those plans, but a 13-member working group asserts the mural must go. It “glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy, oppression,” and “doesn’t represent SFUSD values of social justice, diversity, united, student-centered.” It’s also responsible for traumatizing students, according to the activists.

The truth is that George Washington High School’s mural is provocative by design. It was painted in 1936 by a Russian-American artist named Victor Arnautoff, who held leftist sympathies. Arnautoff did not wish to blindly celebrate Washington while ignoring the less savory aspects of the American founding, and thus he depicted the first president working his slaves and sending men to confiscate Native American lands. It was an attempt to remind students that history is a lot messier than what they read in class.

Fortunately, San Francisco has no problems with financial shortfalls. And California’s school system leads the nation, so they’ll hardly notice the loss. Right? Actually, as of 2017, California’s school system was ranked tenth-worst in the nation.

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